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.Is Ashwathama of Mahabharata Still Alive??

Is Ashwathama of Mahabharata Still Alive?? .If you belive on hinduisam and krishna you must belive on Mahabharat.. according mahabharat ashwatham could

not die..
so what do you think about Ashwathama is he alive...
some where i read long before.. in desert of Rajasthan Army saw many times.. the old old person walking far in

Desert according mahabharat krishna took off his mani from head so as he will always alive on earth and bleeding

on his head..... it was his punishment of using Bhramastra ... so is he alive on earth and some where in desert of

Rajasthan...what do you think.


In order to fully discuss this topic which fascinates me to no end, I'll first need to describe the concept of

'chiranjeev' (this word can also be spelt validly as 'chiranjiv'). 'Chiranjeev' (pronounced 'chir-ahn-jeev') is a

Sanskrit word and refers to an EXTREMELY long-lived being (chiran - long, jiva - life). Sometimes chiranjeevs

are said to be 'immortal', but this is a misconception. They have unusually long lifespans due to one reason or

another, but they still took birth and therefore their souls MUST eventually depart from their bodies. Chiranjeevs

are not necessarily the same as siddhas who can physically 'die' at their own will, but their bodies are not subject

to decay like ours are. When our bodies expire, they rot away, but when a chiranjeev's lifespan ends, their bodies

simply disappear/dematerialise at that very moment. So only in this sense can the chiranjeev be said to be

'immortal', in the sense that it does not experience 'death' in the same manner of decay that all other living entities

are subjected to. A chiranjeev attains his/her/its so-called 'immortality' either by way of a blessing or a curse from

some other entity or through the law of karma in general. Though there are perhaps multitudes of chiranjeevs that

exist across the universe, there are 8 major 'immortals' or chiranjeevs that dwell on the Earth that are recognised in

this current Day Of Brahma and they are as follows:

Ashwathama -a man cursed to immortality and extreme suffering without love from anybody for his role in the

murder of the five sons of the Pandavas and his attempted murder of Arjuna's grandson
Bali (demon) -a righteous demon king who conquered heaven, earth, and the underworld, but was forced to give

it back by Vamana
Vyasa -a sage who narrated the Mahabharata, he was also a sage in the epic
Hanuman -a monkey deva who served Rama
Vibhishana -Ravana's brother who was made King of Lanka by Rama
Kripacharya -a teacher of the princes in the Mahabharata
Parashurama -an avatar of Vishnu
Markandeya -a great rishi

According to the Hindu text known as Srimad Bhagavatam, Ashwathama, Vyasa, Kripa and Parashurama are

destined to be future saptarishis (seven sages), Bali is destined to become the next Indra, Hanuman was blessed by

Brahma to live as long as him and Vibhishana was blessed by Rama to live for one kalpa (ie. one full Day Of

Brahma). There are several other chiranjeevs mentioned in the Hindu epics and also in a variety of other texts. But

there is only one chiranjeev in particular that I want to focus on in this thread: Aswatthama



"In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Ashwatthama (Sanskrit: अश्वत्थाम, ashvatthâma) or Ashwatthaman (Sanskrit:

अश्वत्थमन, ashvatthamana) was the son of guru Dronacharya. He is one of the seven Chiranjeevins. Dronacharya

loved him dearly. False rumours about his death in the Kurukshetra war led to the death of his father at the hands

of Prince Dhrishtadyumna. A vengeful Ashwatthama obtained permission from the dying Duryodhana to brutally

murder Dhrishtadhyumna after the war had officially ended. Ashwathama at the end of the war promised

Duryodhana that he would kill the Pandavas, and attacked the Pandava camp in the middle of the night, but by

error ended up murdering the 5 sons of the Pandavas by Draupadi.

The Pandavas, incensed by this act, chased him resulting in his fight with Arjuna. During the fight, Ashwatthama

invoked the 'Brahmastra' against Arjuna and Arjuna in response invoked the 'Pashupatastra'. Fearing the

destruction of the world, the sages advised both to take back their weapons. While Arjuna could do so,

Ashwathama (presumably having less skill) could not and was given the option of choosing any single target to

destroy. Out of spite, Ashwathama directed the weapon to the womb of Uttara, Arjuna's daughter-in-law.

At this time, Uttara was carrying the unborn Parikshit, son of Abhimanyu, who upon birth would be the future

heir to all the Pandava brothers. The Brahmastra weapon was successful in fatally burning the foetus, but Krishna

revived the stillborn child and cursed Ashwatthama with leprosy and to roam the world for 3,000 years as an

unloved castaway. In another version, it is believed that he is cursed to remain alive till the end of the Kaliyuga. It

is believed that Ashwatthama migrated to the land currently known as Arabian peninsula.

Ashwatthama also had to surrender a valuable gem set on his forehead, the wearer of which ceases to have any

fear from weapons or disease or hunger, and he ceases to have any fear of gods and danavas and nagas.

Ashwatthama was a great warrior and was even known to have revived the Kaurava army from sorrowness by

invoking the Narayana astra. But Lord Krishna instructed the Pandava army to lay down their arms and hence the

astra was finally conquered. He also invoked the agneyastra against Arjuna but he quelled it with the Brahmastra.

Ashwathama was one of the three survivors of the Kaurava army with Kritavarma and Kripacharya."

It gets even MORE interesting! There are many rumours in India that revolve around a tall man with gaping hole

in the centre of his forehead aimlessly roaming the forests of Northern India. MY frnd told me a story which is

very famous She said somebody maybe her dadu or nanu not sure told her an account about how one of his

brothers (I think he was his brother, I'm not too sure though! lol) and that man's wife went to visit a small village

in Northern India. I'm not sure how many years ago they visited this place and my overall memory of this account

is quite poor, so I'll try to ask him to re-tell the whole thing to me as soon as possible. Anyway, moving on.....

they were sight-seeing this village and engaging in simple chit-chat with the villagers. All of a sudden, a VERY

tall man walked into the village. This man had a noticeable dent in his forehead and in the middle of his

forehead, there was clearly a circle or hole there. It seemed to be an injury of some sort, but there was no scab

which had developed where the hole was. Small drops of blood seemed to seep out of this hole and there were

numerous flies that flew around this particular area of his body. The man was quite silent until he approached a

man inside a small restaurant selling traditional Indian food. He asked the owner of the store something like 'What

have you cooked for me this time?' and, in response, the owner of the store served him a vast variety of foods to

quell his appetite. So HUGE was this mysterious man's appetite that he apparently cleared out the restaurant's

entire stock of food! Then this man became thirsty and requested water. He was pointed in the direction of a large

pot (about half my height and twice my width) which was filled right to the top with water. He promptly went to

this pot and proceeded to drink ALL of the water held inside it until not even a single DROP remained! HIS brother and his wife had seen this occurring in front of their very eyes and were quite astonished.

They asked a nearby onlooker if he knew who this man was. He responded by saying......... that he was

Aswatthama from the Mahabharata! He further clarified that Aswatthama entered this particular village every year

(but only once every year) for about a few hours in one day simply to eat and drink. Then he would silently walk

off deeper into the forest without making a sound. I asked my grandfather out of curiosity how and why these

villagers could be so calm and offer him food and water even though they are aware of the many grievous sins

associated with Aswatthama.HE responded by saying that whenever one is hungry, he or she should be given food

and whenever one is thirsty, he or she should be given water... REGARDLESS of that person's character or

identity. It should be done because it is a selfless thing to do. It should be done not because it generates very

positive karma for a person, but because it is the right thing to do. This is what my grandfather's response was.

Upon closer inspection on this anecdote HE told me, it makes SENSE that the man who entered that village was

indeed Aswatthama himself! The man was said to be EXTREMELY tall. The events of the Mahabharata occurred

during Dwapar Yuga (the age which occurred just before this one) and, if I remember correctly, the average height

of humankind during this age is between 12-14 feet (to be honest, I don't REALLY know much about this 'feet'

unit of measurement at all, since we use the metric system here in Australia! ). This man was said to have eaten an

ENORMOUS amount of food and drank an entire pot FULL of water. The regular appetite of people in Dwapar

Yuga is stated as being considerably greater than what it is today. Also, this man was said to have had an injury in

the middle of his forehead. In the Mahabharata, Aswatthama was said to have been born with a precious gem

known as chintamani embedded onto the centre of his forehead. After the end of the Kurukshetra War, Krishna is

said to have forcefully pulled this gem out of Aswatthama's forehead as a part of his punishment for his crimes. It

is written in the Mahabharata that blood began to pour profusely out of the hole in the centre of Aswatthama's

forehead where the chintamani gemstone had been removed. The removal of the chintamani gemstone caused him

SEVERE physical pain. To me, it ALL adds up. That man was most likely Aswatthama. It is also said that

Aswatthama is engaged in intense meditation within a cave in the Himalayas to atone for his misdeeds. However,

since Aswatthama is said to be a siddha, you will not be able to see him with your limited mortal eyes if he does

not want to be seen. He can adopt an incorporeal form and render himself invisible at will wherever and whenever

he does not wish to be perceived by people. The man who was encountered in that village was most likely the

very SAME Aswatthama described in the Mahabharata. If this is indeed the case, then he is living PROOF that the

Mahabharata is not simply a mere mythological story but an actual HISTORICAL document. Aswatthama may be

a testament to the Mahabharata being a book that recorded actual historical events.

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Comment by shalini chhabra on October 21, 2009 at 1:05pm
hari bol ,
this is very interesting.
hare krishna

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